Adam Lambert Shows Support To Lizzo For Her Twerking Speech In TED Talk
Queen’s touring lead singer and solo musician Adam Lambert shared a video on his official Instagram stories of famous musician Lizzo. In the clip, Lizzo speaks about the history of twerking and how it gave her confidence after receiving backlash about her numerous twerking videos on Instagram.
For those of you who may not know, the successful singer Lizzo strongly supports the body positivity movement, especially on her social media platforms. During a live stream on her official Instagram account, she wanted to be candid with her fans and reflected on the criticism she receives due to her videos.
Constantly receiving backlash due to being plus-size and a person of color, Lizzo had enough of the hate comments and nonsense criticism from racist and biased people. Meanwhile, the singer couldn’t hold her tears while speaking about the brutal societal pressures, stressing that the only reason so many people don’t like her is due to her appearance.
Lizzo said during the IG Live:
“People saying shit about me that just doesn’t even make sense. It’s fat-phobic, and it’s racist, and it’s hurtful. If you don’t like my music, cool. If you don’t like ‘Rumors,’ the song, cool. But a lot of people don’t like me because of the way I look.“
As a huge advocate for those discriminated against due to their skin color, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and other characteristics, Adam Lambert was there to support Lizzo after the horrible treatment she received for sharing her Ted Talk speech about twerking.
In the Ted Talk, the singer stressed the importance of the origins of twerking since it’s based on a folk dance originated by Black people, even though it became mainstream when Miley Cyrus twerked during her VMA performance with Robin Thicke in 2013.
Being famous for her stunning twerk videos on Instagram, Lizzo made it clear that her ancestors created the dance. She stressed that this fact will not change even though people of color’s culture is often appropriated. However, she admitted that twerking going mainstream also contributed to her success.
In the IG video, Lizzo said:
“The media described twerking as, I quote, ‘disturbing and disgusting.’ The critics blasted twerking as something that was exploiting and over-sexualizing young women. Once mainstream, twerking was misunderstood and taken out of context. It was bitter-sweet.
For one, I wish that a black woman could have popularized twerking in the mainstream. But on the other end, twerking going mainstream played a role in the rise of my profile and my career.
Listen, everything that black women create from fashion to music to the way we talk is co-opted, appropriated, and taken by pop culture. For this reason, optimism can be an illusion to the experience of Black people in America. In this Ted Talk, I’m not trying to gatekeep, but I’m definitely trying to let you know who built the damn gate.”
You can see Lambert’s story, watch Lizzo’s Ted Talk, and live stream on Instagram below.